EU consults further on toxics in electronics

In December the European Commission launched a further consultation on whether certain electrical and electronic equipment components should be exempt from EU restrictions on heavy metals and some brominated flame retardants (BFRs) under the 2002 RoHS directive. The UK's industry ministry, meanwhile, reported that member states agreed in December a first set of exemptions following a similar consultation last spring (EED 05/05/04). The question of whether to exempt the BFR deca-BDE is being treated separately (EED 28/05/04). See European Commission RoHS consultation, plus UK industry ministry note and bromine industry release.

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